All week we have been waiting for official confirmation or at least some comment from the PRO12 organisers in relation to the much rumoured and likely expansion to the northern hemisphere tournament.
Unless you have been living under a rock, the Southern Kings and the Cheetahs are set to join the PRO12 for the coming season, expanding the competition to 14 teams.
There will likely be two divisions of seven but such details like where the South African teams will be based, the number of derby matches and European qualification remain up in the air.
Finally, the PRO12 have released a statement this afternoon whereby they confirm that they are in talks with the South African Rugby Union with regards to two teams joining the tournament.
The official statement is as follows:
Celtic Rugby can confirm that advanced & positive discussions are taking place with the South African Rugby Union regarding the introduction of 2 teams into an expanded Guinness PRO12 Championship.
Given the proximity of the 2017/18 season start, a final decision on this potential expansion will be confirmed as soon as practical.
— PRO12RUGBY (@PRO12rugby) July 19, 2017
So at least we know for sure that this looks to be happening but unfortunately the finer details are still unknown. Hopefully “as soon as practical’ won’t be too far away.